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My name is Kristine Krafts, MD, and I love teaching pathology. If you’re looking for straightforward answers to your pathology questions, you’ve come to the right place!

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Serum vs. plasma

Q. Quick question for you about serum vs. plasma: I wrote in my notes during class that serum is plasma without the clotting factors. But then in another lecture, the professor talked about coagulation tests, and he said you add reagents to plasma and then wait for...

How to study for the Step 1 USMLE, part 3

For the third and final part of our series on how to study for boards (see our first and second installments here), we'll take a look at advice from students who have taken the boards over the past few years. The students who just took the exam are your best source...

How to study for the Step 1 USMLE, part 2

This is the second in a series of three posts on boards (check out the last one, which covered how to choose resources and set up a study plan). In this post, we'll discuss a strategy for how to answer the multiple choice questions you'll encounter on boards, and in...

How to study for the Step 1 USMLE, part 1

It's April, which means you're probably studying for boards. Or maybe you haven't started studying, but you've spent a lot of time worrying about studying, which in my opinion is even more taxing emotionally. I posted this strategy for studying for boards a while...